Q&A with Yankees 38th Rnd Pick Andrew Schmidt

Schmidt has a commitment to UCLA

We sat down with Yankees' 38th round pick, Andrew Schmidt, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the outfielder from Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado says about his game, how he feels being drafted by the Yankees, what he plans on doing, and much more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Andrew Schmidt: I was actually in a game and my mom told me from the stands. I was so overjoyed and full of emotions. The Yankees are a first class organization and I couldn't believe it. They are the premiere team in major league baseball and I couldn't believe it.

PinstripesPlus.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?

Schmidt: I just see myself as a scrappy player. I try to get on anyway I can. I try to work counts and get on base. I just see myself as a role player for the Yankees. I really am not sure yet though, I just am going to try to get better and see how my future goes.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Schmidt: I play outfield so I think my one of my strengths is hitting. I think I can improve on defense, arm strength-wise and just trying to get better everyday.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Schmidt: I think my defensive game has improved a lot over the course of high school. I just need to work on getting faster and better arm strength. I need to work better on my defensive game and I know that.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Schmidt: I try play like Brett Gardner, he is scrappy and I like his outfield play. I think that is my favorite Yankee.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Schmidt: I talked to the scouting director Damon Oppenheimer before they drafted me. But I was still in shock when they drafted me.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Schmidt: I think I will stay in the outfield. Either corner or center outfield, I am not sure.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Schmidt: My best moment is definitely playing in the Colorado Rockies Futures game my senior year. It was an All-Star game and it was really fun playing with all my friends and all of the best talent out of Colorado.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Schmidt: My favorite team was the Colorado Rockies. My favorite player growing up was Troy Tulowitzki.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Schmidt: No, for right now I just think I am going to go to school. I am heading to UCLA next year and I am so excited.

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